To Write Love on Her Arms Founder Visits IU

Posted on April 22, 2011

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LEILA PALIZI

Jamie Tworkowski, founder of non-profit group To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), visited IU on Wednesday to share the inspirational story behind the founding of the organization.

TWLOHA was founded in 2006 when Tworkowski began selling T-shirts with the now famous saying to help fund the treatment of a friend who was struggling with drug addiction and suicidal thoughts.

The movement gradually gained momentum and spread nationwide. It continued to garner support and spread awareness through the T-shirts and Myspace page. Today, there are over 50 chapters of TWLOHA on college campuses nationwide, and there are plans to charter one at IU.

While sharing his story, Tworkowski shared surprising statistics regarding depression, including the fact that two in three people who suffer from depression are never diagnosed, and that the third leading cause of death among adolescents is suicide.

He encouraged anyone who felt as though they were depressed to seek help. He also emphasized that everyone’s story matters, and that each person’s experiences are important.

“This semester was really hard for me and it was nice to hear that other people go through the same things. I don’t feel like I’m so alone,” Shelby Graam said, a freshman IU student.

The event, hosted by the Indiana Memorial Union Board, opened with live music by Ryan O’Neal of the band Sleeping at Last.

After the lecture, students interested in getting involved with TWLOHA on IU’s campus signed up to receive more information.

To get involved, visit http://www.twloha.com/.

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